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Check out Ben Mendelsohn and Jason Bateman in the first image from Stephen King’s The Outsider


HBO’s 2019/2020 preview gave us a look at a few different shows (Euphoria, Deadwood, Big Little Lies, Watchmen, His Dark Materials and more) along with our first glimpse of Stephen King’s The Outsider.

The novel was published last year and this is the synopsis:

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories. An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

It has been adapted into a TV show starring Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vazquez, and Jeremy Bobb.

Erivo is playing Holly Gibney, a character who has featured in King’s Bill Hodges trilogy (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch). Bateman is executive producing the show and will also direct the first two episodes.

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